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Colangelo on Cousins: “He has a lot of growing up to do”

Jul 8, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

Demarcus Cousins AP

Carmelo Anthony came out of the first day of Team USA practice in Vegas — where DeMarcus Cousins is a member of the USA Select team there to push the London-bound squad — and said this about the Kings big man of the future (via Sean Cunningham on twitter).

“He fouled the s— outta everyone.”

That didn’t impress USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo, who was blunt about it during a conference call on Saturday night after announcing the Team USA final roster.

“Show respect to players, and you get respect back,” Colangelo said. “He needs to mature as a person, as a player if he’s going to have an outstanding NBA career. So before there’s discussion about him being part of our program, he has a lot of building to do…

“He has a lot of growing up to do.”

Cousins had run ins with former Kings coach Paul Westphal but his relationship with Keith Smart appears to be better. Smart has his ear. This is different. USA Basketball is the big boys and with them Cousins will be in for tough love.

Cousins also said during the season that if put on the Select Team he thought he would make the London squad. He’s not as close as he thinks. Coach Mike Krzyzewski is big on chemistry with this team. He and Colangelo want guys who are positive, who get along, who will represent the USA well on and off the court.

Coach K was more diplomatic in suggesting that Cousins can be that guy down the line and being on the Select Team can help him get there.

“His time here, playing in this culture and against these guys, sometimes can have a positive change for the players participating,” Krzyzewski said. “It indoctrinates (younger players), gets them accustomed to playing for their country.”

  1. shockexchange - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    SHOCKER!

  2. nokoolaidcowboy - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Waiting on comment from Cousins…

    • tomtravis76 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      He should just say nothing, thank everyone for the experience, he is looking forward to cheering on Team USA as they go for the gold, and he will take what he has learned to improve his game this off season so the Kings can make a run at the playoffs for the city of Sacramento.

      Nothing else.

  3. scottieplongballs - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Cousins is a thug. That said i still wish the wolves would have drafted him over Wesley stinking Johnson!

    • itsthemelman82 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      You would think by now people would be more careful w/ labeling another person… Not that its our job to do in the first place. How many stories have you heard about Cousins shooting up clubs or running afoul of the law??? I don’t recall any, what’s your basis? Immature, yes… Thug, no.

      • richiethebaumer - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        Thank you for that. That term gets thrown around a little too often, and 99% of the time it’s directed towards young black players with chips on their shoulders and handful of tattoos.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        He hasn’t got caught yet, give it some years…we’ll be reading all about it on here soon enough. lol

  4. patfic15 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I get so tired of reading how immature some of these cats are in the league. Blocking out certain coaches, while some can “break through”. Problem with the NBA is its too much of a players league. Its a job.

    • shockexchange - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      Patfic, as long as fans tune in (ABC, CBS, NBC, TNT, TBS, DirectTV, etc.), the league really doesn’t care.

      • patfic15 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        Yep. The fact that I chose to comment on an article I read on a NBC sponsored site. Nuff said. Just wish these kids would realize how good they had it.

  5. Mr. Jones - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      Oh God, another one of you guys!?

  6. 1977rich - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    What a bonehead! Grow the F up, ur not in the hood no more! U got one of the coolest jobs in the world, take advantage of it not for granted!

    • richiethebaumer - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      Just a suggestion, but calling someone a “bonehead” and following it up with a full-on assault of the English language isn’t going to get you a lot of “thumbs ups” around here. Seriously, is the nanosecond of time that you save by removing the “y” and “o” from you really worth looking like a high school dropout?

  7. phaden27 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    I’d like to believe this man could be a monster, I’d like to believe that, but that isn’t the truth.

  8. 1977rich - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    BS!

  9. eliownsallyourqbs - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    How old is this kid?

  10. ishudbgm - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Despite all his garbage in the past he still got invited to be on the “select team” and practice with the best on the planet and the idiot blew it. You know way more stuff happened if Melo and others came out saying what they said. Should of been picking KOBE and Brons head and taking advantage of the lack of big men there. I wish they sold “maturity” at Best Buy so some of these young players could buy some.

  11. deeballer - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Strange how this guy would probably be a burden to society forever if he wasn’t 7 feet tall and can toss a round ball into a hole.

    • dexterismyhero - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      Thanks to Coach Calipari for helping the kid grow up…….smh

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